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State of Dysfunction for New York’s Mental Health Care System

State of Dysfunction for New York’s Mental Health Care System

By Joshua Arocho, Staff Attorney

Mental Health is Health. Health Care is a Basic Human Right. Access to physical and mental health care is vital for children’s healthy development and well-being. It is arguably our most basic human right. Children need access to timely and appropriate home and community-based services to support their physical, cognitive, and emotional development. But every […]

We Remember Their Stories

We Remember Their Stories

By Neha Desai & Leecia Welch

As attorneys collectively representing all immigrant youth in US government custody, we are often asked what it’s like to work with children who arrive in the US fleeing horrific conditions in their home countries. It is humbling work—sometimes traumatic, often painful—but also inspiring and transformational. The words, faces, and stories of the children we have met […]

Today is a Good Day to Fight the System

Today is a Good Day to Fight the System

By Shereen A. White

Amidst the growing momentum to transform what has been known as the child welfare system and reimagine true support and empowerment of families and communities, my transition to this role could not be more timely. As the Director of Advocacy and Policy, I will lead Children’s Rights in expanding our use of policy and legislation to achieve […]

Hello America. It’s time to look in the mirror.

Hello America. It’s time to look in the mirror.

By Kayla Muzquiz, Children's Champion Member

When I see the never-ending news reports about the inhumane conditions children in migrant detention centers are being forced to live in, I am reminded of my own experiences growing up in foster care facilities. This article got it exactly right. What’s happening to children at the border is a travesty. But it’s also happening […]

The time is now, stop institutionalizing children

The time is now, stop institutionalizing children

At any given time, there are approximately 42,823 children housed in institutions and other group facilities. The trends of abuse, lack of mental health support, and racial inequality within child welfare institutions have harmed children and families for too long – and our history clearly shows that you cannot fix a fundamentally bad practice. It […]